Stella Strada

Stella Strada

Stella Strada, born Suzette Bishop, had a challenging youth. Her mother reportedly died while she was young, and her father was absent during much of her childhood. She had no permanent home, was sexually molested at the age of nine, and was in and out of jail on vagrancy charges.

When she was 16, Robbie Tan, then head of Seiko Films, discovered her. That year, she debuted as Stella Strada, the sexy star of the 1983 bold movie Kirot. The film was a box office hit and was followed by a string of other successful bold movies with her as the star.

In 1984, Stella became a born again Christian and stopped doing bold films. Acting offers dwindled. She became depressed and began using drugs. Ernie Garcia, who co-starred with her in Angkinin Mo Ako, said she become suicidal: during their shooting of the film, Strada covered her arms with bandages, apparently because she had cut her wrists in one of several suicide attempts.

On December 28, 1984, she committed suicide together with her confidant and make-up artist, Rene Mas. The two hung themselves in her bedroom in San Juan. A suicide note was found in Stella’s handwriting.

She earned a posthumous URIAN citation for Best Actress for the movie Puri. Like Pepsi Paloma, her beautiful flame was extinguished much too early.

More About Philippine Bold Actresses of the 1980’s

When martial law in the Philippines was lifted in January, 1981, it ushered in new freedom for the country’s film industry. The Bomba genre of the 1970’s, in which women wore revealing (often wet) clothing but were not nude-

-quickly evolved into the much more erotic movies of the 1980s. During this period, a bevy of sexy new actresses emerged. They were young and beautiful. They revealed everything on screen. They engaged in steamy sex scenes. And they created a legacy: the 80’s Bold Era in Philippine cinema.


This website is a tribute to those sizzling stars, each of whom left their legendary mark on the Bold Era. Some of those 80’s starlets went on to become acclaimed actresses, with successful careers in Philippine cinema and television. Some met tragic ends. Others had a brief flash of fame and then disappeared. But they all had something in common: they possessed fresh, stunning, natural beauty. And they were unashamed to bare themselves in the films they starred in.

Nudity and sex were central plot elements of all Philippine bold films in the 80’s. Although not porn flicks, many of the bold movies had sex scenes that were actually unsimulated. These so called “Pene” films (short for “penetration”) were censored when they appeared in theaters, but Betamax copies were later released for sale that included explicit cut scenes which had been either inserted back into the movie or hidden at the end of the film after the credits. Some before and after examples are shown from the movie Asawa Mo Kalaguyo Koon on Joy Sumilang’s page and the lesbian scene from the movie Hudas on Myrna Castillo’s page. Such secret hardcore footage has served to further elevate the fantasy aura of bold actresses from this era.

Bold movies peaked in the Philippines in 1986, but when Cory Aquino stepped into power in the late 1980’s, her administration sought to restore Catholic morality to the county, and the Bold era drew to a close. This ended an amazing period which will probably never happen again in Philippine movies. While many of the classic bold movies from this time are either lost or unavailable, known now only by name and an occasional picture, some can still be purchased online. For example, Amazon sells a DVD of what is possibly the hottest of the 80’s bold movies: Scorpio Nights staring Anna Marie Gutierrez. Also, many of the cut or hidden video clips can be found on sites like

I hope you enjoy reading about and seeing these sizzling, gorgeous Pinay actresses from that unique era of Philippine cinema. Of course, this is far from a complete list, but I’ve done my best to accurately summarize any information I’ve been able to gather about the select actresses listed here, as well as to include some pictures and short video clips from their movies. If you find mistakes, or if you can offer more information, please email me at, or use the handy form below. Also, feel free to drop me a note with questions, comments or suggestions.


Note: Please do not ask me for copies of 80’s bold films. Unfortunately, I don’t own the movies mentioned on this site.

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Pepsi Paloma

Pepsi Paloma


Pepsi Paloma’s story is both tragic and, after all these years, still shrouded in suspicion and mystery. Her real name was Belia Smith. She was the daughter of Lydia Duenas, a Filipina from Borac, Northern Samar, and Kenneth Smith, an American postal worker who left when Delia and her three sisters were still young. She blossomed into a beautiful girl, and at the age of thirteen, Delia’s mother brought her to talent scout Tita Ester, who introduced her to talent manager Rey dela Cruz. Dela Cruz changed Delia’s name to Pepsi Paloma, and she became one of his “softdrink beauties” -a trio of bold stars that also included Sarsi Emmanuelle and Cola Nicolas. At the age of thirteen, she was given a starring role in her first bold film, Brown Emmanuelle (1981). Despite her age, she appeared nude on screen and engaged in softcore straight and lesbian sex.

In 1982, she stared in two more bold movies: Krus sa bawat punglo and The Victim. While promoting one of her movies that year, she met actors Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and comedian Richie D’Horsie. Allegedly the three drugged her in a bar and then gang raped her in a hotel room. Pepsi went to the authorities and the accusations made headlines. If convicted, Sotto, de Leon and D’Horsie would have faced the death penalty. But Senator Tito Sotto, the younger brother of Vic, intervened. He went to see Pepsi and allegedly coerced her into signing an affidavit that dropped the rape complaint. He did this by “placing a pistol on the table in front of her,” according to an Inquirer reporter who investigated what happened.

Pepsi continued her movie career, starring in number of bold movies over the next few years, including Suicide Mama (1983), Naked Island (1984), Matukso kaya ang anghel? (1984), Snake Sisters (1984), and Room 69 (1985).

But her life ended tragically when, at the age of seventeen, she was found dead in her apartment, hanging in her closet with a “three-inch thick and 36-inch long cotton sash” tied around her neck. Police concluded that she committed suicide due to financial problems, citing a diary found in her apartment. Her manager at the time, Babette Corcuerra, disputed the police report, stating that Pepsi “was earning well” and that she was “fully booked for dance performances.” In addition, Pepsi had just concluded performing the “Pepsi Paloma Show” in beerhouses around Metro Manila, and had three pending film offers from various producers. The validity of the diary was never established, and Corcuerra’s implication was that Pepsi was murdered.

Questions remain over Pepsi’s sad death, but one thing is certain: her vibrant life ended much too early.


Olivia Ortiz

Olivia Ortiz

There isn’t much information available about voluptuous Olivia. She had a gorgeous face and body, and was an actress from 1984-1989. Among her bold movies were Babasagin (1985), Bold Star (1986) and Dingding lang ang pagitan (1986). If you have information about this beautiful actress, please drop me an email:


Myrna Castillo

Myrna Castillo

When controversial talent agent Rey dela Cruz discovered her, Myrna Castillo’s family was reportedly so poor that Myrna was sleeping in a chicken coop in Tondo. Her hardworking mother was a widow, doing her best to support her children in the squalid conditions they lived in. Dela Cruz, an optometrist by vocation, was also a film talent scout -a self-proclaimed “star builder” because of his success at turning impoverished, pretty young girls into movie celebrities.

Myrna was fifteen when he found her in 1980. In a Cinderella story that made tabloid and newspaper headlines, she went from living in squalor and selling bananas after school, to staring in her first film, Ito and Babae, in 1980. Her 17-year acting career spanned over 30 movies. Like many of dela Cruz’s actresses, she starred in numerous bold films, such as Brown Emmanuelle (1982), Virgin People (1984), and When Good Girls Go Wrong (1987). Many cut, explicit “Pene” clips of her exist.


There was even a censored lesbian scene from Hudas (1987). Here is the scene as it appeared in the theater:


And here are stills from the cut footage:


Myra Manibog

Myra Manibog

Myra had a difficult childhood. Born Geraldine Zervoulakos, her mother was abandoned by her father on the day Myra was born. Her family was extremely poor, and she was repeatedly molested by her stepfather. At the age of 11, she dropped out of school to work as a commercial print model. She was a stunning beauty and, dreaming of fame and fortune, joined the movies to earn money for her family. Under the screen name Myra Manibog, she became a star after doing the bold film Snake Sisters in 1984 for director Celso Ad Castillo. She was one of the top bold stars of the era, appearing in more than 30 movies over seven years. Among her other film credits were:

  • Naked Island (1984)
  • Matukso kaya ang anghel? (1984)
  • Silip (1985)
  • Bomba Queen (1985)
  • Room 69 (1985)
  • Sobra na, kulang pa (1985)
  • Mga Tigre sa Gubat (1986)
  • Isang kumot tatlong unan (1986)
  • Sukdulan (1987)
  • Night Swiming (1987)


Her bold acting included “Pene” scenes that featured actual penetration, though the explicit sex was censored for theatrical release.

She was married in 1987 and left the film industry when she became pregnant in 1989. Her last movie was Alias Pusa with Ramon Revilla. She and her husband battled shabu addiction and later separated. A single parent, Myra began selling french fries to school children, cooking at five in the morning and earning just P100 a day. Struggling to provide for her family, Myra took work in Japan as a document translator and as a club manager at night. She remained in Japan for 10 years before returning to the Philippines, where she turned her life around and now works as an assistant vice president at a BPO company in Cavite. She is also the manager of her children’s band, Alekza, Kevin and Aika, collectively known as A.K.A., and produced their debut album.

Open to acting again, Myra appeared in the television series Maalaala mo kaya in 2004.

Maureen Mauricio

Maureen Mauricio

The daughter of a US serviceman and a Filipina, Maureen Mauricio was one of, if not the, most beautiful starlets of the Bold era. With a mixed heritage, she had fair skin, a gorgeous face and a voluptuous figure. Her acting career was launched when she was just thirteen years old in the 1984 movie Nalalasap Ang Hapdi. The following year she had a minor role in the bold movie Climax, in which she acted alongside bold icons Anna Marie Gutierrez and Barbra Benitez. In 1986, at the age of fifteen, she exploded onto the bold scene, staring in ten films. Some of her notable movies include:

  • 1986       Tukso Sa Mundo
  • 1986       Hayok
  • 1986       Sabik… Kasalanan Ba?
  • 1986       Nag-aapoy Na Gabi
  • 1986       Huwag Pamarisan: Kulasisi
  • 1986       Hapdi
  • 1986       Di Maghilom Ang Sugat
  • 1987       Killer AIDS
  • 1988       Batang Matadera


In the 1990’s, Maureen moved from bold movies to serious dramatic roles in both film and television. After working with several esteemed directors, her career slowed. While accepting small parts and guest appearances on television, she ran a beauty parlor and focused on raising her three daughters. In recent years, she has accepted more television roles, including the 2017 series Maalaala Mo Kaya. Her acting and screen presence are highly regarded within the industry. Neither her looks nor her talent have faded with age, and she remains a strikingly beautiful woman.

Maria Isabel Lopez

Maria Isabel Lopez

Maria Isabel Lopez stands out from the other bold stars of the 80’s for her achievements both before and after her sexy movies. Born in Cagayan de Oro City in 1957, Maria Isabel studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines. In 1982, she entered the Binibining Pilipinas Universe pageant. For her final pageant question, she was asked by judge Rita Gomez if she was still a virgin. Setting the stage for the liberated and controversial celebrity she would later become, the twenty-four-year-old beauty fired back, “Will it make me win the crown if I said yes?” She did win the title, and later that year represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant in Lima, Peru. Though she did not win, she entered show business after the pageant and went on to become one of the most sought after actresses in the Philippines.

Her first film was the 1983 big budget production Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon. The following year she made a daring career move by staring in the bold movie, Isla. This was followed by a string of bold movies-



-which included explicit Pene scenes, as well as two of the most sizzling lesbian sex scenes in Philippine cinema: with Barbara Luna in Heartache City (1985); and with Stella Suarez, Jr. in Mga Nakaw Na Sandali (1986). (As a side note, in 2007 Ms. Lopez admitted to actually having had several lesbian affairs.)


Her bold movies did not tarnish her film career. Maria Isabel remained active in show business and went on to many acclaimed movie roles. In 2009 she won the Golden Screen Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Brilliante Mendoza’s movie Kinatay. She walked the red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival in France for that same film. Over the years, she won five other supporting actress awards and was nominated eight additional times for supporting or lead actress roles. Maria Isabel continues a busy acting schedule in both film and television. She remains a stunning beauty.

In addition to her acting accomplishments, she was a Secretary of the NCCA National Commission for Culture and Arts Committee on Visual Arts, and a Line Producer of Independent Films. She is separated from her husband, Japanese national Hiroshi Yokohama. They have two children. Their daughter, Mara Lopez, is also now an actress.

Liz Alindogan

Liz Alindogan

Liz was born in 1963 in Sorsogon. Her real name was Elizabeth Alindogan Kho. She was a model when, at the age of 17, she was discovered by comedian Dolphy in a fashion show in the Manila Hotel in Ermita. Her first movie was the family comedy Dolphy’s Angels in 1980 where she acted alongside another soon-to-be bold icon, Anna Marie Gutierrez. She became an 80’s bold star in films such as Heartache City, Escort Girls, and Company Of Women.


The end of the Bold Era did not end her movie career. To the contrary, it flourished. By 1998 she had over 60 movie and TV credits.

She was married to former action star Jess Lapid, Jr. They had two children before divorcing. Liz is now married to businessman Benny Kho with whom she has four children.  She continues to stay busy in both film and television.

Lampel Cojuangco

Lampel Cojuangco

Beautiful Lampel is an enigma. Her real name was Imelda Tablante and she was from Atimonan,Quezon, where she attended Leon Guinto Memorial College. Discovered by talent agent Rey dela Cruz, she starred in seven movies in 1986 and 1987. Unfortunately no more information is available about this sexy actress.


Below are movies she appeared in:

  • Gisingin Natin Ang Gabi (1986)
  • Alindog (1986)
  • Black Diary (1986)
  • Kiri (1986)
  • Raid Casa (1986)
  • Akin Ka Ngayong Gabi (1987)
  • Pira-Pirasong Pangarap (Unkown)

Several of which included cut “Pene” scenes that have since surfaced.


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